Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.
Although the cooler weather and cozy aromas of fall urge us to slow down, the pace of our lives seems to pick up during the last quarter of the year. The shopping, cooking, gathering, and eating of the holiday season can easily leave us feeling overwhelmed and out of balance, tired and unhappy. Mindfulness can be an effective antidote to this kind of rat-race, which unfortunately, describes modern life all year round.
Described as the practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, mindfulness is much more than simply acknowledging or labeling what our eyes perceive. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, we let go of what could have been (our past) and what should be (our future.) Without the burden of needing things to be a certain way, we allow ourselves to be as we are – fully, completely, and unapologetically. We start tuning in to the beauty right in front of us and the beauty within us, which leads to the kind of self-love that can truly heal us.
On November 1, we invite you to join our Mindful Moments Challenge designed to help you pause, breathe, and tune in. Through daily movement, meditation, and mindfulness, we hope you will savor this joyful season instead of simply survive it, and step into the new year with ease. Give yourself the gift of time, presence, and self-love that you deserve. Details below, join us!
How’s this going to work?
For 21 days, we will challenge you to practice yoga (or any type of movement that feels nurturing to your body), meditate, and practice mindfulness. Yes, every. single. day. Don’t freak out – these activities don’t have to be longer than 5-10 minutes. The point is to develop the habit of stopping to breathe during the day, to collect your thoughts, and connect to your heart, even if just for a moment. In addition, you must attend one of three deliciously restorative Yoga Nidra sessions scheduled on Friday November 2, 9, and 16 from 7-8pm.
You will check off Movement, Meditation, and Mindfulness in your awesome MMC Tracker, which you can download using the link below: DOWNLOAD TRACKER
The deadline to submit your completed MMC Trackers is November 30th. We will select one winner, randomly drawn from the submitted forms and gift them 1 FREE MONTH OF YOGA!
Ok, so how do you join the challenge?
We’re keeping it real simple so no need to “register” or “sign up” to participate, you just do it!
If you are a Yogaleena Member (on a monthly, auto-renew payment plan), it is absolutely FREE for you to participate. You already enjoy unlimited yoga classes at Yogaleena and you can attend all 3 Yoga Nidra sessions for free!
If you are not a Yogaleena Member, we have a sweeeeeeet deal for you to participate:
For only $59, you can get UNLIMITED yoga during the challenge AND all 3 Yoga Nidra sessions (individually priced at $20). This option is only valid for Yoga Classes and Yoga Nidra during the duration of the challenge, November 1-21, 2018. You can buy this amazing pass right now, but please wait until November 1 to register online for classes and Yoga Nidra.
Can’t wait to get started?
Below you will find a list of resources for each category within the challenge. We know it’s not always possible to get to the studio every day, but there are lots of apps and tools to help you get your daily dose of movement, meditation, and mindfulness.
Our physical bodies are often a reflection of our more subtle emotional and spiritual well-being. Moving in a mindful and nurturing manner can help us release negative emotions, reenergize our minds, and connect with our hearts in meaningful ways. If you can’t make it to Yogaleena and can’t quite get yourself to practice on your own, here are a few of our favorite online yoga classes to try:
We highly recommend using the FREE app INSIGHT TIMER for our daily meditation practice. There are many choices of how you can use this app. You can set a timer and meditate to different sounds. You can select different guided meditations. It’s really easy and simple. Play around and find what works for you. During the Mindful Moments Challenge we are recommending 5 minutes of daily meditation practice.
Here are some of our favorite teachers on Insight Timer:
Other apps that you can use are HeadSpace, Calm, or 10% Happier.
Mindfulness is maintaining a moment by moment awareness or focus on what you are doing, feeling, seeing, and sensing. It’s simple, but not easy, as we’ve been wired to “multi-task” our way though life! Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate mindfulness into your day:
Take a walk in nature
Eat a mindful meal (not at your desk)
Listen to music (without doing anything else)
Create a piece of art
Pay attention to your breath
Take a bath with essential oils
Journal for 10 min
Give any one single thing your full attention (we’re bringing single-tasking back!)
Cool, so what’s Yoga Nidra again?
Often referred to as “yogic-sleep”, Yoga Nidra is a specific type of guided meditation that’s intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Using a combination of intention, breath, and visualization, this practice takes a person beneath the waking mind into the subconscious realms where healing and transformation can happen.
Yoga Nidra is accessible to everyone! It is practiced laying down in savasana, often supported with props for maximum comfort. Although the benefits of Yoga Nidra are countless, the most commonly reported include the following:
Reduced stress and anxiety
Reduced insomnia and better sleep
Reduced chronic pain
Increased clarity and sense of purpose
Relief from psychological trauma
Throughout the Mindful Moments Challenge, a Yoga Nidra practice will be offered weekly, with a slightly different focus during each session. Come experience true rest and relaxation with Lindsay on Friday, November 2, 9, and/or, 16.
Below are some additional sources of info on Yoga Nidra:
One last recap before we let you get your zen on…
Challenge Dates: November 1-21.
Requirements: Attend ONE of the three Yoga Nidra sessions offered in November + daily yoga, meditation, and mindfulness recorded in your MMC Tracker: DOWNLOAD TRACKER
Prize: One FREE Month of Yoga for the winner, who will be selected at random from the completed MMC Trackers submitted by November 30.
Registration: Yogaleena Members are invited to participate at no additional cost! For non-members, we have an amazing deal: Only $59 for unlimited yoga and the 3 Yoga Nidra sessions during the challenge, November 1 – 21. Buy this option below and join us!
Reminder: this pass will not activate until November 1!
- Can I participate for free if I am on the 30 Days for $30 Deal? No, this deal is great for trying out the studio but it is not considered a monthly membership. However, you can still participate in the challenge and pay for one of the Yoga Nidra sessions at regular price ($20.)
- I purchased the $59 MMC Pass and the system is asking me to pay for Yoga Nidra when I try to register, why isn’t it working? Your pass is set to activate on November 1 so you must wait until then to book any of the Yoga Nidra sessions that are included in the $59.